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Nigeria’s Oldest Surviving Ex-soldier Dies At 101

Adama Aduku, Nigeria’s oldest surviving former soldier, has died at the age of 101.

Aduku was said to have died on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

His death was reportedly announced by one of his relative on the Whatsapp platform of the Director Defence Information, Defence Headquarters news platform, on Wednesday.

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The army also shared the story on their Facebook page.

He stole some spotlight last year, when he said that he was still strong in bed at his age.

He was born to a peasant farmer at Abejukolo-Ife, Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State in 1918, and joined the army in 1945.

The deceased, however, disclosed that he never planned to join the army, had a change of mind when he met a young man beat their local chief one day.

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“I was coming back from the farm one evening when I saw a man who was younger than me at the time beating our village head,” Aduku recalled while still alive.

“The man named Salikawa was a soldier who resorted to beating up our chief for refusing to carry his bag and seeing him off to his house, which was 10 miles away.

“When the matter was reported to the District Officer, the chief was advised to obey the soldier in his own interest or face whatever consequences that resulted from that.

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“I was very angry and bitter and I made up my mind to join the military so that I could go back to the village and also beat up Salikawa for humiliating our chief.”

He was presented with an award of excellence by vice president, Yemi Osibanjo, on behalf of the army in 2019.

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